Students of the Year Minneapolis

tWIN it for a CURE | tWIN it for a CURE's Campaign Team

Bella and Ava's tWIN it for a CURE Students of the Year Fundraiser

Jan 10, 2021


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Hello all! Thank you for visiting our fundraising page, In 2018 just as we started our freshman year in high school, Bella was surprisingly diagnosed with Leukemia.  That day led to a journey that we want no other family to experience. Bella has endured years of intense chemotherapy, radiation and a bone marrow transplant, and she is still fighting this disease. Her battle with blood cancer has impacted our entire family in ways that we could not have imagined possible, and we are committed to ending this disease so that other families do not have to experience what we have had (and continue) to experience.  

We are proud to form tWIN it for a CURE and participate in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Students of the Year fundraising campaign. Students of the Year is a 7-week fundraising campaign that runs from January 7th to February 28, 2021. Our goal as team tWIN it for a CURE is to raise $150,000. By reaching this goal, we receive the honor of linking our name to a current LLS research portfolio and attending the annual research dinner with some of the top cancer researchers in the country. This amount of money will also significantly impact the work of The Leukemia and Lymphoma society (LLS) as it fights to eliminate blood cancers.

We encourage you to join us in supporting The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) by making a donation. Your generosity supports the many facets of LLS’s work including groundbreaking research, education and support to patients, and advocating for state and federal legislation to help those living with cancer. My appreciation for your support cannot be overstated — we know first hand the need for continued research to cure patients like Bella and to support their families.  

As a global leader in the fight to end cancer, LLS is committed to doing more for blood cancer patients and families than any organization in the world. LLS’s signature fundraising campaigns drive critical support for its mission, including a nearly $1.3 billion investment in cutting edge cancer research worldwide since it was founded in 1949. While it is true that survival rates for many blood cancer patients have doubled, tripled, or even quadrupled, there is still so much work to be done. 

Every facet of LLS’s mission – research, education and support, and policy and advocacy – work in harmony to put blood cancer patients and their families first. LLS has helped millions impacted by cancer throughout its more than 70-year history, even funding breakthrough blood cancer research that is now helping patients with other cancers and diseases. That is why at LLS we say that beating cancer is in our blood.

Please share our website with anyone you know who would also like to join us in the fight against cancer. Together, we have the power, the passion and the resolve to achieve a world without blood cancer. All donations are tax-deductible.

On behalf of team tWIN it for a CURE, we thank you for your support!

Ava and Bella

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    • Anita Dwyer

      Keep up the good fight Bella we are all pulling and praying for you!!! Love and prayers from Pittsburgh

    • Hafeman Family

      Such a strong and beautiful family!!! Keep fighting the fight, Bella! <3

    • Christine Morrison

      So proud of you!

    • Alyssa Martin

      I hope you exceed your goal!

    • Andy Sowards

      You are amazing people and I hope that you meet your goal!

    • Kellie Fischer

      I am your friend, Audrey's, Nana. Thank you for all you are doing to help fight blood cancer.

    • Emily Matesic, Adam Rockman, Troy and Adam

      Bella and Ava, You two are AMAZING and INSPIRING!!! We know you are going to shatter your goal!!!

    • Chasy Carbo

      Praying for you and your family.

    • Karen Aalund

      You are so amazing! I’m inspired by your fight and fortitude.

    • Vetsch Family

      Supporting Bella in her fight.

    • Jennifer Anderson

      You ladies both inspire me so much. This is for my "I miss your face cards". I know I will be wanting more before this over :)

    • Carolyn Andrews Colenbrander

      I am a friend of your mom's from high school and saw your video on her Facebook post. Keep up the great work and good luck with your SOY campaign!!

    • Kiedrowski Family

      We can’t wait to see you win and smash 💥 your fundraising goals!

    • Golanowski family

      So proud to know both of you and of your honorable efforts. I hope you crush this goal!!

    • Kangas Family

      Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of supporting your journey. Stay strong!!!

    • Kathryn Laulainen

      Beautiful young ladies! Stay strong Bella and keep fight to beat it! God bless you and your family ??

    • Patrick and Margaret Callies

      Margaret, Pat and family miss you dearly mom ❤

    • Erin Wittenberg

      Way to go Bella and Ava! It is an honor to help you girls out!

    • Maureen McGuire

      Bella and Ava - I am an old friend of your mom and dad's. I remember the day both of you were born - so proud to see the young women you have become. Keep fighting!!

    • Anonymous

      I lost my Mom to Lung Cancer a couple of months ago, she would want me to help contribute to your goal, God bless.

    • Tala Bynum

      Bella and Ava, You two are amazing - I am super impressed! Keep up the fight - in it to tWIN it!!!! With love, The Bynum Family!

    • Sahil Sanghvi

      Congrats Bella and Ava on your fantastic efforts. And Bella, we are rooting for you!

    • Heather Spencer

      We are praying for complete healing!! Good luck!!

    • Kathleen Matesic

      What an important thing you are doing, Bella and Ava! Stay strong and God bless you! Kathy Matesic and Pat Plunkett and family

    • Steve Gfroerer

      You are an inspiration! Keep shining bright and thank you for helping to raise awareness and funds for research.

    • Jackie Cain

      Proud of your effort! Keep up the great work!

    • Greene family

      You are both an inspiration to all. We hope you crush your goal!

    • Battaglia Family

      You Got This! Much love! Battaglia Family

    • Anonymous

      Keep on Rockin

    • Melissa Ecklund

      Thank You for fighting for such a great cause!

    • Scott Reed

      From one AML fighter to another - you've got this, Bella!

    • Alison Palmer

      You are an inspiration! Best of luck in reaching your goal!

    • Judy Innvaer

      Good Luck reaching your goal, Bella and Ava! You are all in my prayers too!

    • Cheryl Schwanke

      Making a difference - way to go! Good luck on reaching your goal.

    • Betsy VanBurkleo


    • Lynn Lamppa / Lexie Murray

      You got this girls! Bella strong!

    • Skip Nelson

      God's blessing on you and your wonderful efforts!

    • Robin Langer

      I know your mom from the gym and I think it's very generous and giving of you to be holding a fundraiser in addition to living thru it yourselves. Blessings to your family.

    • Annette DeDomines

      Marla and family. You are amazing. Marla I miss you and your classes at Lifetime. May God bless you and your beautiful family.

    • The Shimabukuros

      A wonderful family with some amazing kids! We are thinking of you, Bella and sending thoughts of health and strength your way! ??

    • Brad Ingber

      Very impressive effort! Keep up the great work!

    • Anonymous

      Bless you for your courage and desire to help others. Praying for you all...

    • Joseph Drabik

      Very inspiring, keep up the fight and spreading awareness!

    • Nancy Rich

      Love you all!!!

    • Doffin Family

      We continue to pray for Bella's health and peace for your entire family throughout the fight. Seeing Ava and Bella work so hard to fund a cure while Bella continues to fight cancer is especially inspirational. You're going to crush your fundraising goal!

    • Mary Stueven

      You are an inspiration!

    • Shannon Helmer

      Awesome girls! Praying for you Bella!

    • Agatha Kwasnik

      Keep up the fight!

    • Michael Alcott

      Good luck with your fundraiser and fighting cancer

    • Robin Wettergren Bauer

      Thanks for your efforts, girls! You rock! Robin Wettergren Bauer

    • Melissa Becker

      God bless you, Bella and Ava! I pray for your healing, Bella.

    • Dawn Lokken

      Bella- we send you love every day!

    • The Avram Family

      Happy to have a connection, however distant, to such inspiring young ladies. Keep up the great work in your fight against blood cancer. You’re making the world a better place ??

    • Phill Nicholson

      Quite the inspiration! Keep up the good fight.

    • Bridget Teissier

      Bella and Ava, you are amazing and inspiring sisters!!

    • janet marra

      You're both remarkable and your courage is humbling. I wish you such success in reaching your goal. You both should be so proud :-)

    • Friend

      I remember my 4th Grade teacher had to miss class a lot since her daughter had Leukemia. Was a long time ago for me, but I think they had a similar situation where they had gotten rid of it and our teacher came back. Only to leave again after finding out her daughter's leukemia came back. Proud of you girls to put something like this on, and glad I can contribute :D

    • Kira Stolen

      Bella and Ava- SO impressed and proud of you! I was a colleague of your dad's when you both were born. Bella- stay strong and keep fighting!

    • Stacy Stromberg

      Sending love and prayers

    • Lakyn Coppedge and Maddie Simmons

      Keep shining your light! Thank you so much for sharing your experience and using your voice.

    • Gina Dionisio

      Bella & Ava what a get fund raiser. I'm so proud of you both. Love Gina Dionisio

    • Corey and Courtney Piekarski

      Best of luck in meeting your goal! You ladies are amazing!!!

    • Theisen family

      Such a worthy cause!

    • Sean & Kim Porter

      Nolan’s cousin had Leukemia and after a lot of hard work, fighting and transplant he has been cancer free for 8 years. We believe in the power of prayer and science. Keep the fight strong Bella! ~ Porters

    • Marilyn and Tim Jochim

      You inspire us.

    • Kristine Fritz

      Bella and Ava, you are both so incredible! Good luck reaching your goal, sending you love! Kristine

    • Orrey Family

      Thank you Bella and Ava from the bottom of our hearts for your leadership in raising funds to fight against blood cancer! You continue to be in our thoughts and prayers.

    • Monica Gomez


    • Mary Schulz

      Bella! We are behind you all the way. You are an amazing light in the world and it emanates through you, your story and your family. Light and love and healing energy your way!

    • Julia Petrucci

      I donate in memory of my Pap Jack Hayes, and in honor of my Nana, Nunu, and Aunt Mary who have battled and beaten cancer! They never fail to touch my lives each and every day! I also donate for Bella, who’s journey I have learned about over the years. God Bless you and all of your efforts to help find a cure for blood cancer!

    • Susan and Roger Stewart

      Hi Bella, Keep fighting the fight! You and Ava are wonderful examples of our youth today. We miss our wonderful neighbors and Minnesota. The Stewart Family is behind you all the way. Roger and Susan Stewart

    • Jane Applequist

      For Bella Sciara and family

    • Selah J

      So cool! Making the alto gang proud :)

    • Philomena Ford

      We are honored to donate to Bella in her ongoing fight. She is a model for all who are going thru many obstacles in her young life. She has the support of a wonderful and loving family. Our prayers continue for Bella and her family. God Bless You and Keep You in the Palm of His Hands, Love, Bob Ford and Family

    • Adrienne Berrington

      I admire your courage so much, Bella! I miss dancing with you!

    • Susanne Shantz

      I am touched and inspired by your video, story, and message of the importance of research! Sending prayers and hugs to you all!

    • Crystal Jiang

      So proud of you both! Sending love!

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